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When are your tires too good for your wheels?

Old 05-09-12, 03:16 PM
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When are your tires too good for your wheels?

I can't tell whether my attitude comes from delusion or Fredliness, but given the choice between combining cheap wheels with good tires and good wheels with cheap tires, I'll take the former every time.

It's finally drying out a little, so I can ditch the horrible Hardcases I commute on during the winter. I hate the Hardcases but the roads are just too crappy. Anyway, the new set of 4000s I just mounted are probably worth as much as my commuting wheels (Easton Vistas, which are roughly equivalent to EA50s). In any case, the tires I mount on those wheels each year are certainly worth more than the wheels.

I guess I could get a cheaper trainer tire that lasts longer, but the tires make too big a difference in enjoyment and handling. And I'm too cheap to spend the kind of money it would take for me to appreciate a different set of wheels. Where do you draw the line? How many others have tires that are worth as much as their wheels.
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Fredliness. /thread
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you are doing a smart thing considering wheels never provide traction or puncture resistance, and have a small contribution to ride comfort compared to tires.

I'm sure someone out there has $15 tires on a set of >$1500 wheels...
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Old 05-09-12, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
Fredliness. /thread
Would that imply that Freds aren't delusional?
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More speed for the $ with good tires, IMO.
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I just realized I have the MTB equivalent of this. My ancient Trek 830 (1989-ish) is rocking Conti Race King 2.2s.
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My wheels are worth a lot more than my tires, but if it came down to it and I had to choose, I'd go tires > wheels. I'm currently running the clincher version of the Vittoria Corsa Evo CX (with Vittoria Ultralite butyl tubes). They are absolutely amazing tires. They feel and roll exactly like the tubular CXs that I have on another wheelset. I even got to ride them in the pouring rain for over 23 miles the other day. Even when wet they seem to grip like dry tires. Overall, I like the way they ride and feel more than the Conti GP4ks they replaced. I was pretty excited to try them back to back just to see which I'd like better. Vittoria wins IMO. I'm sure I won't get nearly as many miles out of them, but I don't care because they ride that good.
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Gatorskins are great tires.
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Originally Posted by banerjek
Would that imply that Freds aren't delusional?
Hell no! OCPs are delusional. Freds are just too practical.
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